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This video gives some basic advice on using the e-collar to train your dog.
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Why Performance Formulas Shift Metabolism to
For everyone of us that has ventured afield with a canine companion, we know the value of having a well-bred dog that has strong hunting desire, is healthy, and well trained. All of these traits contribute to the overall performance of the dog in the field. Yet, there is one underlying factor that can undermine or optimize all of these traits either directly or indirectly, and that is the food the dog eats and the nutrients it receives.
I think we would all agree that the ultimate goal with any hunting dog is to optimize its performance, which can mean learning faster, hunting longer, finding more game, or many other things that lead to hunting success. We all know that hunting success with our dogs is intricately linked with training and conditioning of the dog, along with time in the field hunting. What may not be obvious is that our hunting dogs are essentially elite canine athletes. Lets briefly think about what they do during a hunt; they willingly run prolonged distances, possibly up, down, and across difficult terrain, over and under obstacles, sprint periodically or often, swim periodically, and occasionally carry something in their mouth, likely while running. The only thing that is missing is bike riding, but then it would be called an Irondog event. Strenuous exercise is inherent in hunting and training and can be physically and mentally challenging to the dog. Therefore, one strategy for addressing these physical and mental challenges is to “optimize the nutrition”, which can optimize endurance and ultimately promote “optimal performance”.
We hear every day that if we eat “better”, we can be stronger, leaner, healthier, and/or more alert. This logic can be applied to our dog’s well-being and hunting performance, but what does “better” mean? When you think of “better” nutrition; think of optimizing nutrition. This is the consumption of key nutrients in an optimal balance that provide optimal benefits. The six basic nutrient groups are water, protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, and minerals. They can all be found in any dog food, but the optimal levels and balance of these nutrient groups are what separate different types of dog food for targeted applications. For example, a maintenance food is different from a senior food, which is different from a weight management food, because of differences in the balance of nutrients and nutrient groups. Likewise, performance food for hardworking dogs is different than a maintenance food, and for a variety of reasons.
For this discussion, I am defining a performance food as a formula with 28-30% protein and 18-20% fat, compared to a maintenance food that has 24-26% protein and 12-16% fat. A dog can adequately hunt and live an active and healthy lifestyle with the maintenance food, but the key here is optimal performance. With a performance food, some examples that are worth discussing are how protein and fat optimize endurance, optimize mental alertness, and promote optimal body condition.
Nutrition studies with dogs have shown that feeding a food with higher levels of fat will result in more fatty acids being present in the blood before exercise, and these levels will increase more after exercise compared to a food with lower fat and higher carbohydrates. Fatty acids are important for hardworking and hunting dogs because these are the nutrients that are critical for endurance based exercise. Ultimately, more fatty acids in the blood will mean more nutrients to promote endurance metabolism, as they are present and ready for use by exercising muscles.
These fatty acids get used by the muscles to make energy for movement, which occurs in the “furnaces” of the cells called mitochondria. In dogs fed a high fat food, their muscles have more mitochondria, which will mean more capacity to use or “burn” the fatty acids. Finally, dogs on high fat foods also have a greater capacity to metabolize oxygen, which also occurs at the mitochondria. Elevated dietary protein complements the benefits associated with the increased fat metabolism, as a greater abundance of protein building blocks (ie. amino acids) from the food promotes a state of muscle growth that enables increased mitochondrial biosynthesis and increased vascular capacity. For prolonged endurance, efficient use of oxygen is critical, which is why is it called aerobic-based exercise. If you have ever watched a marathon, you don’t typically see any runner breathing very hard, primarily because they are conditioned, but equally important is that they can efficiently use the oxygen they are breathing at the moderate speed and intensity that they are running.
So what does all this mean? That a performance food can deliver more fat and protein nutrients, promote an increase in capacity to metabolize the fat, and promote a higher oxygen use capacity, all to increase metabolic capacity and energy generation. In short, this means that the food can “metabolically prime” our dogs to promote optimal endurance.
Feeding Performance Food in the Off-season
Now, let’s flip this rational on its head and describe why feeding a performance formula all year long is optimal. For some of you reading this article, dog training and conditioning may be a year-round process, so feeding performance all year may be part of your regimen. For others, training/conditioning may begin in August or September to get the dogs ready for the upcoming season.
If having our hunting dogs on a performance food during the hunting season provides the metabolic benefits for promoting endurance, then switching to a maintenance food in the off-season will reverse the effects. So, when February/March rolls around and a person decided to make this switch because the dog is not hunting or training, this is basically “de-training” your dog metabolically. This is in addition to the fact that the dog is likely not as active as in the hunting season. It is worth mentioning that this process of metabolic transition takes about 2-3 months. Therefore, anyone that decided to start training again in August and made the switch back to a performance food at that same time, optimal metabolic endurance may not be achieved until the end of September or October. This is 2-3 months of sub-optimal training, and if the food switch occurred later, then this could possibly overlap with part of the hunting season, depending on where in the country you are located.
We have all had dogs that have gone beyond their limit during training, and focus and trainability are reduced. Our goal is to avoid this and provide opportunities to help the dog retain its focus and trainability. No food ever takes the place of proper training and conditioning, but having a feeding strategy of using a performance food all year can allow the dog to be metabolically primed and at a better starting point once training/conditioning begins.
Adjusting Amount of Food to Maintain Weight
Now, every strategy comes with a condition and this is no exception, but it is easy and critical for success. Like every person, every dog is an individual. Therefore, the amount of food to be fed should be directly related to the individual dog’s body condition and adjusted based on the calorie needs. This was discussed in greater detail in Article #2, “Maintaining Optimal Body Condition for Health and Performance”. Very simply, when dogs consume excess calories, they gain weight. When they consume less, they lose weight. The key is to feed an amount that is appropriate to maintain a healthy body condition, and thus stable body weight during the hunting season and in the off-season. So, that is the bottom-line to the “strategy”. In the off-season when your dog is less active, hunting less, sleeping the summer days away…feed less performance food to maintain an ideal body condition. To determine your dog’s ideal body condition, I suggest you discuss this with your veterinarian, who will likely have Nestle Purina body condition charts or literature for you to take home. In addition, I have included a website that provides an overview of how to assess your dog’s body condition:
There are simple things you can learn to evaluate and regularly monitor to ensure that your dog is getting the right amount of food to maintain a healthy weight.
Improving Mental Alertness
Finally, performance formulas can also provide a benefit to promote optimal mental alertness, and is another way to get a little more out of early training sessions or keep them going stronger towards the end of the hunt. One of the ways fatigue sets in with people and pets is the depletion of blood glucose levels and excess lactic acid during exercise. Glucose during exercise mostly comes from body stores of glycogen in muscle and liver. Glucose released from the liver is critical for brain function. As blood glucose levels start to decline and lactic acid levels elevate above the lactate threshold, fatigue sensation occurs and mental alertness is reduced. To address this, the foods with higher fat promote a situation where the body stores less and also uses less glycogen from the muscles during exercise. Therefore during exercise, the blood glucose from liver glycogen is more readily available to support brain function for promoting mental endurance and the muscles generate less lactic acid, whereas the fatty acids from the performance food are available for the muscles to promote physical endurance.
Performance formulas give our dogs those extra calories they need during the hunting season when working hard and temperatures drop. But, there are many more benefits than just providing the extra calories. Optimizing these benefits all year long can help to make every hunt and every season the best it can be for you and your hunting buddy.
Brian Zanghi, Ph.D.
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D.T Systems Tips For Crate Training Your Dog
D.T. Pro Staff dog trainer Ethan Pippitt of Willow Creek Kennels in Little Falls, Minnesota uses a variety of techniques in training hunting dogs. He has found the vibration feature of the D.T. Systems H2O 1820 Collar to be a very effective tool when crate training your dog.
Dog owners often see crate training as something that is unnecessary, too difficult or time consuming to try, or even unnatural for the dog. When you look at the origin of dogs, and strive to use more natural training techniques, we can see these are simply common misconceptions about crate training.
Looking at the origin of dogs, we find that they are the domesticated form of the gray wolf. Over a time period of approximately 15,000 years dogs were domesticated and developed into hundreds of breeds designed for many specific tasks. Taking into consideration that domestic dogs were originally derived from wolves we can assume that some wolf habits will come naturally to the domesticated dogs of today.
Naturally wolves are den animals and like enclosed safe environments. Our dog’s kennel is their den and should be a safe place that is their own within our house. Providing this for our dog, starting at a young age, is not only good for us but also our dog. Having a crate or “den” for your dog will give him a safe place of his own as well as give you the ability to know where he is and what he is doing to prevent unwanted accidents, especially with puppies. With a little history behind why crate training is natural for a dog we can look at the proper way to crate train.
First, you need to start your dog in a crate that is the right size. Your crate should give the dog enough room to stand up, turn around, and lay down without hitting their head on the top. However, the crate should not provide enough room to allow the dog to sleep on one side and defecate on the other. Dogs are clean animals and do not want to “go” where they lie. The correct size of crate allows you to prevent unwanted crate accidents.
Once you have the right size crate, it is important to keep it close to an outside door so that your dog has a quick route outside. Consistency is key; outside is the first place the dog should go when leaving the crate. You will be able to increase the time your dog stays in the crate gradually until your dog is able to hold its bladder at least eight hours or an average night’s sleep. Also, making outside the first stop will condition your dog to this process, which leads right into house training.
After your dog has gained some bladder control and is conditioned to relieve himself first thing after leaving the crate or “den”, you will be able to allow your dog in the house knowing when he last went to the bathroom. Begin this introduction to the house gradually starting with 30 minutes in the house then back in the crate. You can wait 15 minutes or so, then allow your dog again to go outside to relieve himself. You will be able to increase the time in the house always knowing when the last time your dog emptied his bladder. Soon your dog will be fully house trained and will never learn that wetting in the house is even an option.
After looking at the history of dogs and their nature and comparing the natural concept of dens to crates, you can see that crating your dog is not too difficult to learn. Also, you can see how effective and helpful crate training can be while trying to house train your dog.
Having a solid crate training foundation will help when you start to teach the cue kennel. This process can be viewed in our recent video showing how to teach “Kennel”. The video includes how we recommend using DT Systems H20 1820 to vibrate condition your dog to kennel. Check out this video at www.willowcreekkennels.net.
For more information about Willow Creek Kennels and their training methods visit us at www.willowcreekkennels.net.
By Ethan Pippitt and the Willow Creek Staff
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D.T. Systems has added a great product for wetland hunters to the H2O 1800 PLUS lineup with the new H2O 1800 PLUS CoverUp series with Longleaf™ Fatal Flight™ camo pattern. For hunters looking for perfect cover in a layout situation, Longleaf™ Fatal Flight™ has the perfect blend of earth, cut stalk and hints of green to conceal you in any open-field environment. Longleaf™ Fatal Flight™ is the perfect camo that will help keep you hidden from migratory bird, duck or geese.
The D.T. Systems™ H2O 1800 PLUS CoverUp Series is a great collar system that covers both basic and advanced training needs for both professionals and novice users alike. They are designed with the harshest environments in mind, whether you are knee-deep in cold icy waters or knee-deep in tall grass on a dry sunny day.
The new system still allows dog trainers to expand from a 1-dog system into a 2- or 3-dog unit simply by purchasing additional H2O Add-On collar units. So rather than buying a whole new system when adding a dog or two to their kennel, owners can simply buy an additional collar. The system allows the trainer to control up to 3 dogs from one transmitter.
Both the collar and transmitter are rechargeable and waterproof, and the transmitter will actually float on water (the perfect feature for any waterfowler).
The patented MAXX-Range™ internal FM antenna embedded in the collar belt gives you 360 degrees of coverage so you can have up to a 1 mile (1800 yard) range.
The H2O 1810 PLUS CoverUp has 16 levels of Nick (momentary) and Continuous Stimulations to fine-tune the exact level for your dog or situation.
The H2O 1820 PLUS CoverUp adds a Vibration feature, as well as a simultaneous Vibration with 1 second delay stimulation.
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By DT Pro Staffer Chad Hines
D.T. Pro Staff dog trainer Chad Hines of Willow Creek Kennels in Little Falls, Minnesota uses a variety of techniques in training hunting dogs. He has found the vibration feature of the D.T. Systems H2O 1820 Collar to be a very effective tool in teaching young dogs.
Here are Chad’s answers to some frequently asked questions from dog owners.
What is Positive and Negative Reinforcement Training?
The famous behavioral psychologist, B. F. Skinner, defines positive reinforcement as an increase in the future frequency of a behavior due to the addition of a consequence immediately following a response. Giving (or adding) food to a dog contingent on his touching the target is an example of positive reinforcement (if this results in an increase in the future behavior of the dog touching the target). Negative reinforcement, on the other hand, is an increase in the future frequency of a behavior when the consequence is the removal of an aversive stimulus.
How do you use Positive and Negative Reinforcement?
The backbone of Willow Creek’s training technique is positive and negative reinforcement. We look to increase the likelihood of a behavior in the future by teaching positive reinforcement and following up with negative reinforcement, albeit mild with the vibrate conditioning.
Nearly all commands are taught with a clicker and a food reward (positive reinforcement). This develops a very consistent, reliable dog by creating the desire for a positive reaction. Although counterintuitive, using the term “negative” in animal training does not mean it is bad. The negative reinforcement can simply mean something is taken away. So when using the DT Systems H2O 1820 collar, the vibration is taken away. We hold the vibration button down and wait until the dog touches the target, help them if needed, then release the button, taking away the mild, effective form of negative reinforcement.
How do you use a Clicker?
We start clicker training puppies as young as seven weeks old. A treat is placed in the hand between the pointer and ring finger, with the middle finger receding to provide backing so the treat does not slip out. This “target” is presented to the pup and we allow him to take the treat from our hand. As soon as the pup touches the hand we “click.” After about 30 repetitions most dogs will be watching for the target very closely. If the dog is not interested in the food reward we can remove morning feedings and train before we feed or find a better food reward. Hot dog slices work extremely well when nothing else seems to elicit interest. We usually use 2-4 sessions, at 30 repetitions per session, before moving on to vibrate conditioning.
How do you use the Vibration Feature?
The trainers at Willow Creek Kennels have found the vibration feature on the DT Systems H20 1820 collar to be very consistent and easy for dogs to understand. As with any new stimulus, it can take a dog a bit to desensitize to the sound and feel of vibration. This sensitivity makes the collar more effective because it mildly annoys the dog and he will try to shut it off. As a human, imagine someone gently poking his or her finger in your arm at the same time asking you to say uncle. If you said uncle, the poking stops. We basically do the same with dogs with the vibration feature. We ask the dog to do something and when they complete the task the vibration stops. Vibrate conditioning goes even quicker when combined with clicker target training.
How Do You Teach Using the Vibrate Feature?
The vibrate conditioning is very simple once we have a dog who is clicker trained to target. The session is started with a clicker target and once we have the dog focusing on the target the vibrate button is held down until the dog touches the target. Vibrate is negative reinforcement, but also becomes a cue that we are asking the dog to recall. The important part of successful negative reinforcement is having a positive stimulus (food reward) come after the negative stimulus (vibrate). Again, we use 2-4 sessions, with 30 repetitions per session. When the dog is proficient with the vibration cue we start adding a verbal whistle, or here cue, before the vibration.
Food rewards and vibrate conditioning can be used to develop and strengthen a variety of behaviors. This concept can be used for sit, whoa, stay, place, conditioned retrieve, kennel, etc. Incorporate vibrate conditioning into your training to develop a consistent, reliable hunting companion.
To view a video explaining these methods in more detail, visit http://willowcreekkennels.net/trainingvideos.html and click on the “vibrate conditioning to Here” video.
Chad Hines of Willow Creek Kennels is one of D.T. Systems top Pro Trainers. He has developed a new training technique that has greatly increased the performance of the upland dogs he is training.
“Dummy Launchers have been used for some time in the retrieving community,” says Hines. “Recently, we have been using them in our upland training as well. We have found dummy launchers to be extremely beneficial in increasing prey drive and marking ability.”
In the spring of 2010 Willow Creek Kennels visited fellow Orvis endorsed training and breeding facility, Wildrose Kennels in Oxford, MS. Chad and other trainers from Willow Creek were amazed to see the British labs at Wildrose pick a bumper in a flight pen with over 80 pigeons and pheasants flying around them. This idea transpired into firing a dummy launcher in line with a flushed bird, which a pointing dog had found and pointed. Chad found with proper training, dogs will mark the dummy as if it were a downed bird.
Chad starts by giving the dog the “whoa” cue. Next, he fires a light blank without a bird present. If the dog retrieves the dummies well, this step in training will be very easy. He plays this game until the dog will retrieve the bumper in any situation. They never fire the bumper unless the dog is successful with the “whoa” cue. The fired dummy is positive reinforcement for a properly executed “whoa”. This process is similar to our use of Positive Reinforcement Pigeons which strengthens our dog’s “whoa” using positive reinforcement.
“Next, we transition to retrieving a dummy with a bird present. To accomplish this, we put a bird out and bring the dog in to point it.” Chad says. “We then flush the bird and let the dog chase it. When the dog returns, we “whoa” them, and fire the dummy. This adds a great middle step between having no birds present to being able to walk in, flush the bird, fire the launcher in line with the bird, and our dog will mark and retrieve the dummy. This process allows us to provide a positive reinforcement retrieve on every job well done.”
“The D.T. Super-Pro Dummy Launcher is the perfect tool for this training. The launcher is easy to use and sends the dummy as far as we need for any situation,” says Hines. “We have shot thousands of loads through our Super-Pro launchers and they keep performing.”
There is a big difference between a hand thrown bumper and a bumper fired from a launcher. The increased speed of a fired bumper stimulates prey drive. Being predators, dogs naturally will chase anything that tries to get away.
“When we first start our launcher introduction we use a light blank and fire it low creating a bouncing, rolling bumper that most pups cannot resist,” says Hines. “This bounding dummy is a great way to develop retrieving and prey desire in any dog. It is very important to fire away from the dog because the dummy needs to appear to be trying to get away and not attack the dog. To increase prey drive, we create situations where birds and dummies try to escape the grasp of the dog.”
Before starting to train with a dummy launcher, be sure to have a proper gun introduction for the dog and use an assistant in the beginning to distance the dog from the launcher. This will decrease the chance of having gun problems with the dog.
Chad has found he can greatly increase the marking ability of dogs using this training method. He starts with light blanks and easy marks. In all dog training, the smaller the steps taken, the faster and easier we get there. He then, slowly adds difficulty to the marks and increase the distance by using heavier charged blanks. In Willow Creek’s training program, they try to replicate everything from a high-flying snow goose mark in the open to a low flying woodcock in an aspen thicket. The D.T. Super-Pro dummy launcher makes all these scenarios possible.
The innovation of the dummy launcher has greatly benefited Willow Creek’s training program. Dummy launchers allow them to increase prey drive, marking ability in waterfowl and upland training, and reward our dogs positively for a job well done even when shooting birds isn’t an option.
Chad says, “Dummy launchers can be great tools for training and playing with your dog—just remember to introduce your dog properly to gunfire and enjoy time spent a field with your dog.”
For more information on Willow Creek’s training methods, please visit their website at